This healthy and super easy homemade Instant Pot Blackberry Chia Jam comes together in minutes! Spread it on a classic pb & j, or as a delicious topping on pancakes, waffles, french toast, and ice cream, or add into smoothies, yogurt, or oatmeal. The options are limitless!
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OREGON RASPBERRY AND BLACKBERRY COMMISSION
Did you knoooow that you can make homemade jam quicker than you can make the biscuits that you're going to spread it on?!?! No canning, no babysitting fruit while it cooks in a pot, no horrendous amounts of refined sugar. Just pure berry bliss. (sighs of happiness)
And because we are using frozen Oregon Marionberries (aka the best blackberries evvvvuuurr), we have VIP access to the glorious summertime vibes and flavors that these special blackberries deliver even though we are still wearing our winter coats...in March. What gives with this March weather anyway?
Would anyone like a jar of Blackberry Chia Jam?!
Hang on a minute...I'll be right back....
Here you go! See how fast that was?!
YOU GUYS, only ONE MINUTE of pressure cooking in an Instant Pot and a jar of summer berry heaven will be in your hands quicker than two shakes of a unicorn's tail...plus the time it takes for the IP to get to pressure. It's instant, but let's be honest. It's not quite that instant.
I feel slightly sneaky. Like I've figured out how to cheat the jam making system because this jam is just way too easy to make (quiet evil chuckle). No canning here! My grandmother and my great grandmother were canners. If my foggy childhood memories serve me well it seems that most women of their two generations knew how to can. Peaches, applesauce, cucumbers turned into pickles, veggies of all types, and even the tuna from my grandpa's albacore fishing outings on the Pacific Ocean were transformed into highly coveted cans of food. And loads of jam. Canning was a normal part of life in the kitchen.
I recently read that canning is on an uptick and gaining traction with millennials. Not out of necessity as it was for past generations but because we are becoming ever more aware that convenience is not always interchangeable with quality and that our health and nutrition would fare better if we turned back to whole foods versus processed.
As for myself, I have yet to embrace canning. I'm also not a millennial. But I love homemade jam. And I have a high value for unprocessed foods that burst with their natural flavor as if just picked, which is exactly what we get with frozen Oregon Marionberries. My beloved home state Oregon Marionberry farmers pick their marionberries at the peak of ripeness and then freeze them within 24 hours of being picked, locking in maximum taste, juiciness and nutrition. (high fives all the Oregon berry farmers)
Frozen berries just make sense. Here's why...
- Year round availability (which means homemade jam ALL YEAR LONG!)
- Portionability (use just what you need and save the rest for later)
- Economical (long life, no waste!)
- Maximum nutrition and taste
- Amazing homemade jam ALL YEAR LONG! (just making sure you're paying attention)
So yeah, I'm feeling giddy that with a little help from my Instant Pot, I am able to make a super tasty homemade jam reminiscent of the jams my great grandmother made but without the all-day endeavor and ridiculous amounts of refined sugar.
How to use this super tasty jam!
- Classic pb & j (obviously)
- Dolloped on flaky, buttery biscuits
- Added to smoothies
- As a topping for pancakes, waffles, or French toast, or ice cream
- Use as a filling for these drop-dead tasty hand pies!
- Stuffed into crepes
- Stirred into plain unsweetened yogurt (definitely an awesome, more nutritious alternative to the crazy high sugary fruit-on-the-bottom yogurts at the store)
- Swirl it into oatmeal
- Top a wheel of brie cheese with a few spoonfuls of jam, wrap the whole thing in some gluten-free puff pastry and bake at 400ºF (who's getting hungry?)
- Give as a gift! (thinking Mother's Day, Father's Day, Winter holidays, hostess gift)
You get the idea.
Recipe frequently asked questions
Oregon Marionberries can be found in your local grocery store’s freezer section. Just look for a “Made in USA” label on the packaging and they will be Oregon Marionberries! If you are unable to find frozen blackberries that specifically say Marionberries on the package they may just be anyway since over 50% of the blackberries grown in Oregon are Marionberry blackberries! How’s that for a fun fact?!`
The short answer is no. The Instant Pot is a pressure cooker and not a pressure canner. While you may see some sites claiming that it's okay to use the IP for canning high-acid foods such as jam, pressure cookers like the IP do not maintain consistent, adequate pressure. The IP also heats and cools too quickly to be able to use it to safely pressure can foods. If you are interested in digging further into the reasons for NOT using the IP as a pressure canner check out this site and this site. My suggestion, for the sake of food safety, is to buy an actual pressure canner if you are interested in canning.
Yes! Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries would all work!
Now go make some jam and show me what you are going to eat it with on Instagram Stories! I want to see your awesome ideas!
I'll be waiting, with my own spoonful of jam in hand. ♡
More tasty recipes using berries!
- Coconut Chia Parfaits with Fresh Berries healthy, filling, and perfect for on-the-go
- Healthier Blackberry Apple Hazelnut Crisp a healthier dessert that is oh-so-tasty
- Kaiserschmarrn with Roasted Berries a German-style fluffy shredded pancake
- Blackberry Sour Cream Scones with maple vanilla glaze
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